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281  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: June 13, 2008, 10:30:06 AM
I'm playing a conqueror myself (only level23), and I have a question about stances. Do you guys use them? Is there any point to them when you're solo-ing? In a group I can understand it lets you determine your role better (eg. one guy has defensive stance, the other one has frenzy), but in solo-ing, the 'general' stance seems to give the best combination of defense and offense.

Do you guys find them helpfull? Do you switch a lot?
282  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Euro guild on: May 29, 2008, 10:16:39 AM
I'll try to contact the guild in the coming days, but like I said, I'm not on-line that often, I'm still level 15 or so, I think.
283  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Euro guild on: May 27, 2008, 10:39:17 AM
I'll add you this evening. I'm also only level 12, so don't sweat it smile
284  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Character Art, etc on: May 26, 2008, 08:21:08 AM
A common view for any starting player, but a good one nonetheless :-)



285  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Euro guild on: May 26, 2008, 07:24:12 AM
Freeriders sound fine, but you can also come up with great names by combining stuff like Wolves', Bears', Lion's, Rat's  with Claw, Heart, Eye, Den... Or something (like The Wolves' Claw). Somewhat akin to the Red Hand which guards Tortage actually.

But you'll be leader, so you pick it smile Freeriders is perhaps a bit more mercenary.
286  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: May 25, 2008, 04:57:50 PM
Actually, I think you're invulnerable while the fatality animation is playing. Could be wrong, but I haven't noticed any health loss during one...
287  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Euro guild on: May 25, 2008, 11:17:35 AM

Quote from: DArtagnan on May 16, 2008, 09:36:02 AM

Well, now that the serverlist is out, it's pretty obvious where I'd have to roll a character to play RP-PvP:

Aquilonia

--

So expect an assassin played by yours truly in that general area  ninja2


I played my first character to level 10 on that server (because I didn't know at first that pvp was allowed on Aquilonia), and I deleted him this morning, after being killed over and over again. I thought it would make the game more exciting, and to a point it does, but the tedium of being killed by some dumbass who's a couple of levels above yours is not worth the extra excitement.

Also, it should be an RP-server, and I got tired of seeing the constant discussion on the open net about how killing everyone on sight IS roleplaying, since you'd be roleplaying a psychotic maniac.

So no thanks.


I started again this morning on Hyrkania though, so if I can join this guild, that'd be nice. I'm a very casual player though (not min/max-ing, not on-line that often I think), so I don't know if I'll be much of an addition to the guild, if you're looking for some kind of 'powerplay'. I'd rather just get help with quests I'm stuck at, and provide it for others.

So, if I can join, name is 'Adrastos' (According to this site http://www.20000-names.com/male_greek_names.htm , "he who stands his ground" smile ), and I'm a Conqueror.
288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me a DS game on: January 04, 2008, 03:13:13 PM
There was a Starfox game out for it some time ago. Is that any good to pick up?
289  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: The difficulties of moving to HD lighting in games. on: November 11, 2007, 10:01:16 AM
Yeah, GR:AW, Halo 3... Their maps can feature a sunny outdoors area, but if you step into the shade, it's suddenly too dark to properly see things... And it's true, only since a year or so have I been turning up the gamma.

But Half-Life 2 (not the episodes) also had this problem. I remember the level on the rooftops where you're fighting the striders, and I had my flashlight on the entire level, although the level was set during a clear day.
290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD4 demo is out. on: November 01, 2007, 11:10:21 AM
Strange, I felt a little underwhelmed. I don't really know why, but I never really felt the adrenaline pumping. I think I would actually like it more on xbox. This is the first call of duty game I've played on the pc, and pixel-perfect aiming actually seemed to deteriorate the whole chaotic-firefight-vibe I felt in Call of Duty 2. Also, I think the effect of a rumbling controller, and actually having to pull a trigger adds enormously to the feeling of being in combat.

Also, at times it felt a bit too much like a barrel shoot. I mean, you zoom in, blam blam, enemy dead, zoom out, scan for next guy, zoom in, etc. There was not a lot of running around frantically, evading grenades, ducking behind cover...

I sure hope there'll be a demo for xbox, to see if I can feel the 'vibe' there smile
291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Come to this thread when you've beaten Halo 3 (ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK) on: October 10, 2007, 01:37:33 PM
I'm lost here... What planet at the end? And what's Marathon's storyline? Does it include a re-awakened cyborg supersoldier?
292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Impressions (No Spoilers) on: October 04, 2007, 07:13:49 AM

Quote from: disarm on October 03, 2007, 03:57:49 AM

Quote from: The Rocketman on October 02, 2007, 08:14:49 PM

So for all you Halo vets... How do you beat the Brute chieftain on level 2? After you clear the hangar, you're headed for the barracks, and there's a corridor which is packed with brutes. I can handle the brutes, but I just cannot kill that chieftain! Is there an easy way to kill him? Can his hammer attack be dodged?

By the way, I'm playing on heroic. I finished on normal, and the ramp up in difficulty is pretty big I think.
when you're in the hangar just prior to that room, pick up one of the machine gun turrets and take it with you to the barracks. drop the minigun and use your smaller weapons to take out most of the brutes, then pick the big gun back up and lay into the chieftan...easiest way i've found so far icon_cool

the first time i made it past that room, i got pretty lucky...stuck him with a couple grenades as i backed up the stairs, jumped over him when he swung the hammer, and whacked him in the back of the head with the butt of my gun.  you can avoid the hammer, but it takes pretty good timing.  killing him just requires a lot of ammo or precise headshots.

Yeah, I got past him now, by using the turret on them, and being a lot more agressive. Last time I just tried to hold out, but if you actually take the fight to them, you can suppress them nicely. Grenading him and concentrating on head shots took care of the guy... But he was one hell of a hard-ass!
293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Impressions (No Spoilers) on: October 02, 2007, 08:14:49 PM
So for all you Halo vets... How do you beat the Brute chieftain on level 2? After you clear the hangar, you're headed for the barracks, and there's a corridor which is packed with brutes. I can handle the brutes, but I just cannot kill that chieftain! Is there an easy way to kill him? Can his hammer attack be dodged?

By the way, I'm playing on heroic. I finished on normal, and the ramp up in difficulty is pretty big I think.
294  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: My first video game! on: July 30, 2007, 02:57:01 PM
First video game:

*EDIT*Whoops, I'm not allowed to hotlink it... It was Top Gun for the NES. Just hearing that opening music play in all its digital glory makes me go all "whoopee!" again smile

First pc game:



But in black&white, and in french. To make it... interesting... for an 8-year old.
295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C 3 Impressions on: March 30, 2007, 10:18:19 AM

Quote from: Turtle on March 29, 2007, 07:44:18 PM

Perhaps a cheaper unit would make it better for killing Mammoths?  Do the Nod have some sort of small rocket truck that can hurt mammoths in numbers?  If so, upgrade an avatar with 3 of them?

In the demo, the AI uses a lot of nod suicide bombers against my mammoths, and they work fabulously. So much so, that I like to put my mammoths behind some apc's and zone troopers to take out those guys.
296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me out here C&C 3 or Supreme Commander on: March 22, 2007, 11:31:13 AM
I just don't have the time for a game like SupCom (based on impressions here and a bit of demo-playtime).
However, every spare moment I have now I load up the C&C-demo. I must have played it for 20 hours now or something like that, so even if I buy it and never play it I'll still feel I got my money out of it smile

It's just so relentless! It's the first time I play an rts where there's not one slow moment of waiting. During my 25min skirmishes, I never stop clicking and zooming around the map. You're constantly doing stuff, waiting at the most 5 - 10 seconds for a harvester to return to base.

I also like how the enemy AI keeps attacking, so after 2 minutes of starting a skirmish, you're basically fighting for the rest of the match.


I do agree that I would like to watch the fights a bit more, especially all the nice terrain destruction, but I guess that would slow the pace down too much.

Last game I attacked with mammoths, predators and bulldogs, dropped in zone troopers behind enemy lines, used the ion cannon on a couple of power generators, and flew in my bombers. That is command and conquer at its best biggrin
297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: March 17, 2007, 04:36:17 PM
Well, I seem to be making progress against a medium enemy. I've been using the handicap-function to slowly beef them up, and it works quite well. I don't know what exactly the handicap does, though.

Anyway, what seems to be working is this:
I immediately build 2 mobile command posts at the tiberium spikes, and build strong forward defenses at those points.
As soon as I can, I make an extra harvester, and an extra MCV.
The mcv goes to deploy himself near a second tiberium field, and builds a tiberium plant and war factory.

At this point, I usually need to fight off Nod at the second base, but tanks coupled with stationary defences do the trick.
My 2 war factories are pumping out batches of 3 predator tanks and 3 apc's. I place these batches near my 3 choke points: the 2 tiberium spikes, and my second base.
Having 2 working bases, I stabilise my tiberium income, by building extra harvesters or plants. My income will go up drastically now, which starts the second phase of my plan: tech up!

I build a tech center and armory. The tech center lets me deploy the pretty good EMP cannon, of which I immediately place some. I start replacing my predator/apc-combo with upgraded mammoth tanks/zone troopers.

The third part begins: build airports with bombers, build an ion-cannon and start dropping zone trooper-pods into the enemy base to disrupt him from within.
After I've build a couple of mammoths and zone troopers, I move in from the 2 sides, avoiding all the rocket infantry holed up in the middle.

This tactic seems to work. I just needed to play this game infinitely more agressive than I'm used to. But I like it now, matches last half an hour at most, and the explosions are immensely gratifying. What more can you look for in a c&c? smile
298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: March 16, 2007, 09:15:55 AM
I like the demo a lot, but I can't seem to beat the AI on medium difficulty   icon_neutral

If I turtle, and build strong defences (however, they're not that strong), I run out of tiberium quickly.

If I make a move for a second tiberium field, Nod constantly fights me for it, and I get sidetracked, at which time my main base gets attacked.

If I want to protect those tiberium spikes (which you have to capture with an engineer), I need to build strong defences there, rendering the profit from those spikes rather useless...

And I keep losing my damn harvesters!


Any tips?
299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.R.A.W. 2 on: December 21, 2006, 12:06:18 PM
Hmm, odd.

I thought the production values were through the roof on the single-player game, I really enjoyed it.
It had nice Hollywood-like missions, not too much hassle, great firefights...

I never touched the multiplayer, once I found out there was no 3rd person view and use of cover... (Or is there...  paranoid )
300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Rings on my Xbox 360.. on: October 02, 2006, 11:21:28 AM
Mine died as well this weekend. I had it since may...

My nintendo 8bit still works, but this piece of crap...  tear

I still have a warranty though, in Belgium almost all consumer products have a minimum 2 year warranty, so that's something I guess.
301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / which 360 do you own? on: May 20, 2006, 03:23:15 PM
I have the toshiba as well, but the xbox is still obnoxiously loud.
302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion Collector's Edition on: April 04, 2006, 02:38:50 PM
Well, I bought it from the Fnac store in Antwerp smile

I'll be going back to them this saturday though, to see if they can still give me one...

And maybe, if I'm lucky... I may buy an xbox 360 to play it on too! It all depends how my job interviews go tomorrow...
303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion Collector's Edition on: April 01, 2006, 03:55:49 PM
Yeah, that's what I thought. Damn... Thanks for the quick reply though!
304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion Collector's Edition on: April 01, 2006, 03:20:11 PM
I don't have an xbox 360 yet, although I have promised myself one once I have a new job (as an added incentive smile ). But I thought I should get the oblivion collector's edition now, since it will probably be pretty limited... So I got it a couple of hours ago, and now I see that all the bonus content is there (a dvd, a coin and a guide to the empire), but no manual...

Is there not supposed to be a manual with the game? Or did they just forget to put one in my box?
305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / original xbox : hdtv? on: January 12, 2006, 03:18:18 PM
Dang, too bad frown
306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / original xbox : hdtv? on: January 11, 2006, 07:27:14 PM
Well, the trouble is that I can't find an option like that on the xbox dashboard...
307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / original xbox : hdtv? on: January 11, 2006, 03:20:40 PM
I got me a Samsung 26inch LCD, which is HD-ready, and I also bought some component cables for it (from gamester). Now, I don't really see a difference (except for the fact that my games are far too dark, yet regular tv is fine), and I don't get the dashboard option to enable hdtv...

Also, I don't have Live, so I hope I'm not screwed...  frown
308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spartan: Total Warrior on: November 03, 2005, 12:11:04 PM
Any news on it? IGN scored it a 7.9, but the review made it sound pretty good. It boiled down to a good action game, that could have been "great" if some things like camera and boss-battles had been streamlined better.

I'm wondering whether to pick this one up, or go with the budget games of Ninja Gaiden Black (but I already have the original one), or Fable...
309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your choices for best PC game music ever? on: November 03, 2005, 10:53:23 AM
The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall.

I really felt I was a lone knight riding my horse on a cold winter morning, and it was mostly due to the music I think.
310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / POP: Warrior Within ? on: October 19, 2005, 09:09:55 AM
The first levels were bad, but it does get a whole lot better. The combat will be fun after a couple of hours, and the story's cool too. And the music, well, I guess I actually liked some 'persian metal' to go along these brutal fights.

So, really, don't listen to all the nay-sayers, and get through the beginning part (where you'll absolutely be disappointed), and enjoy the game for what it is. An exciting, very cool, platformer/fighter.
311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A Ton of New Oblivion Pics! on: October 07, 2005, 09:01:42 AM
The guy with the skills tab on the left, would he be wearing duemer (sp?) armour? Maybe we'll get to know a bit more about them this game smile

Or has everything been cleared up by now, about their sudden disappearance?

As to the bloom effect, it may not be so bad once you see it in motion. But regardless, I do think it gives the game a sort of 'magical' air, like in PoP: SoT.
312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultimate Spider-Man Review is UP! on: September 25, 2005, 09:38:34 AM
Gamespy mentions the parts with Venom "drag", as in, he's not much fun to play as. Any comments on that?
313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Challenge - Baldur's Gate II on: September 02, 2005, 07:10:33 PM
Sorry to mislead you then. In my memory it seemed to be quite an adventure. Off course, a big part is also the optional extra dungeon...

So, how is everyone else doing?
314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Challenge - Baldur's Gate II on: September 01, 2005, 07:32:35 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
You can't get rid of Minsc. He's like the best guy in the entire game!


I know, I know smile But I had him in my party last time, and I'd like to see some other npc's for a change. I thought about playing an evil party, but I just can't... I like being the good guy, cheered upon by the masses  biggrin

And you won't regret buying ToB. It finishes the BG story quite nicely, and it's more lineair than BG, meaning you'll be more likely to complete it smile Besides, it's only about an extra 50-100 hours or so...
315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Challenge - Baldur's Gate II on: September 01, 2005, 09:29:24 AM
I started again, creating a neutral good Kensai, who I'll later on dual-class to a mage. It's a well known hybrid, and it fits with the Child of Bhaal-theme, where you'd have a character whose powers grant him melee and magic prowess.

Inside the Dungeon, I answered Aataqah's question saying I'd push the button myself, but I hope I won't be held to that! I accepted the dryad's quest, freed the genie, and got out of the dungeon, feeling sad for all those people in jars I left behind.

When I reached the Promenade, I was still quite well-rested, so I went to check out the trouble at the circus. I rescued Aerie, and got rid of the mad gnome illusionist.

Next, I plan to organise my party. I'm thinking Keldorn, Valygar and Cernd perhaps, replacing Minsc and Jaheira. I may also exchange Yoshimo for Jan Janssen... They're not a power-group, but I want to have some different characters than last time on my travels...

Notes: I downloaded the latest patch for ToB, because sometimes npc's would give the message 'xxx is too busy to talk right now', right when they needed to be talked to to advance the game! So, if you have this problem, download the patch. Also, my saving and loading takes a LOT of time, and I read this was a bug with ToB too. There is a beta patch to correct it, I tried it, but I can't say I notice any changes. Damn...

Question: Can I take Viconia instead of Aerie in a good party? Or will she ultimately conflict with Keldorn and fight? I'd like her for the love interest, although Aerie's may be nice as well...
316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 for Pc and Xbox on: August 24, 2005, 09:28:00 AM
I've got an AMD 1.2 Ghz, 256 MB RAM and a Geforce4 Ti4400, so a very low-end system. Anyway, I figured I could never run Half-Life2, but due to this thread I downloaded the demo, and it went great! So I bought the game on an impulse, and I can't say I regret it. It really is a terribly great rollercoaster ride so far (I'm not far yet, I just got through some manhack fights). It slows down occasionally, and the sound stutters quite a bit, but overall, it works great biggrin

And that beginning scene, with Dr Breen reading a Concerned Citizen's letter... Wow :shock: Freaky stuff!
317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion no longer a launch day title (XBox 360) on: August 22, 2005, 06:35:47 PM
I hear ya! We don't have to put up with this! I DEMAND they release it on launch day, filled with bugs and half its content unfinished or cut!
318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Challenge - Baldur's Gate II on: August 22, 2005, 12:11:04 PM
Daellus the sorcerer here.
Charisma, wisdom and intelligence around 17 and 18, constitution 12, strength and dex 7.

I put it on 800x600, I find 1024 to be too small on a 17inch monitor.

It seems to not have aged well, the animation is quite blocky, the text pop-ups come too slow, and there's almost no feedback why Imoen can't frickin' hide in the shadows! slywink

Other than that, I hope I persevere, and finish this epic game!


On a side note, there are so many character classes I wonna try out! In the end I chose a sorcerer, because I never ever play a mage type character for main char. And it'll take some adjusting, since I already killed myself by blasting ice shards on top of myself frown Guess the radius was a bit bigger than I expected it to be...
319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG Challenge- PC Game on: August 22, 2005, 07:59:06 AM
I'm in too, I was wanting to replay this one! But I can't decide what class... I played through with a paladin once, so don't want to go that route. I'm thinking swashbuckler (combat rogue), sorcerer, wild mage or shapeshifter (werewolf druid)...

How exactly does this work? We use this thread to talk about our experiences and choices in the game?

Edit: Are we actually using the Throne of Bhaal expansion?
320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 for Pc and Xbox on: August 22, 2005, 07:54:47 AM
One question: what are your computer specs Eno? I've got a very low-end computer myself, and always figured I couldn't run Half-Life2.

In regards to Doom, I played it on xbox, and it was great. Graphics are good, framerate is solid, the aiming was easy etc. Only downside is that changing weapons is a bit cumbersome. You could place your 4 favorite weapons on the 4 directions of the thumbpad, but all the others you have to cycle to. So basically shotgun, machinegun, plasmagun and chainsaw got used a lot, but none of the other weapons, for being too much hassle. (It's not like you have plenty of time to get the right weapon when a couple of monsters spawn in front of you).
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